Not Quite, But Almost

Hello WIPpeteers and other Blog visitors. Okay, let’s not all look incredibly shocked. Also, no running at me with arms widespread, angling for a hug. Not. Gonna. Happen.

*draws large air circle around self* This is my space… *thrust hands palm out to indicate rest of room* … that’s your space. Okay. Just so we’re clear.

I’m not going to say I’m back. I’m not sure. But I did want to duck in to let those of you who have asked, who care and/or just wonder, that I am still here. *insert angelic choir and spreading of clouds*

*fine, insert crash of lightning, Godsmack, and the ground splitting open beneath our feet spewing flames to the sky* Happy now?

I am, contrary to any rumors which may or may not have been circulating, living and breathing. On earth. Nothing catastrophic has occurred in my life. No natural disasters or Zombie Apocalypses (and that last one I’m actually rather ticked about), or huge dilemmas. Basically just busy, in combination with me being my own worst enemy. I’m VERY accomplished at that. I can sucker punch myself better than a boxer wrestling a tight end.

Well, you get the idea.

But, I have been writing and scheming and planning and creating and plotting and breathing and drinking coffee and creating long lists of things without using any commas just to watch the comma people hyperventilate.

To prove it, I give you a WIPpet. Yes, you heard me right. A WIPpet. On this 20th of May in the year 2015 I give you 20 sentences from Edge of Darkness ~ Book Three in the Darkness & Light Series. Yeah, had to type the whole thing out because ZOW! Really?!!? Book three might actually make it before the end of the year?

No context. Take it for what it’s worth. First drafty.

Donovan laughed, the sound reverberating around the room. “Good and evil are abstract concepts, and neither exists as an absolute. Every man has it in him to be both. Every man, at some point in his life, is both. Even your pristine Goddess fails — at regular intervals — to embody goodness, though her followers hold her up as a shining example to be blindly followed. Tell me, if I am evil, is your general good? Does he not lie to suit his purposes? Is he not willfully proud and arrogant? He is reputed to be a ruthless, often violent man, who has killed many. Is that not evil?”

Ciara glared at him. “Bolin’s a soldier. He doesn’t enjoy killing.”

“Neither does he shun it.”

“He does what he has to for the protection of the empire.”

“You have learned that by rote, but do you believe it? You are so quick to label me as evil, yet I struggle to understand your definition of the word. Tell me, do you consider yourself to be good, Daughter?”

“Yes.”

“Truly?”

And I’m going to share this with you as well. Because it’s random. And fun.  The 10 Weirdest Things That People Once Used As Status Symbols.

Okay. Heading back under my rock. Be good. Or just be good at being bad. Or… just be.

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28 Comments:

  1. Wow! A very interesting philosophical discussion!!!
    Welcome back, by the way. I come not offering hugs but gladness at seeing your excerpt.

  2. Nice to see you back, Kathi — for however long it might be. 🙂 And with a wonderful snippet as usual!

    Nice list. The comments are good too. *g*

  3. Glad to see you back!! At least for now. 🙂

    Loved the snippet.

  4. Hi. Nice to see you pop in. Glad you’re busy, busy. This snippet is tantalizing as usual. Go, do what you must until you can come back. 🙂

  5. I completely agree with his philosophy on good and evil existing alongside one another. It reminds me of all the dualities discussed in The Tao Te Ching, and the god Abraxas, half-good, half-evil.

    • I’m pretty much in agreement myself, although there are varying degrees of good and evil. I don’t see it as any way black and white, that’s for sure.

  6. That challenge at the end is my favorite part. I really don’t give a bean for Donovan’s good-evil philosophy, but that challenge is niiiiiiiiiiice. 😀 It hits at the real problem, doesn’t it? Can you REALLY call yourself good? I’d wager that once Ciara thinks about it, she’s not so sure.

    • And after the question he reminds her of some things she has done which could very easily be construed as ‘evil’ depending on your definition. So, does your motivation count when you are trying to decide if you view yourself as one or the other?

      • Yes. I think so. But so do the actions. Good intentions paving the way to hell, and all. But even if the actions are good, are you really a good person if what you’re going for is status or some such thing? Personally, I don’t think so. I believe both intentions and actions must line up for anything to be good.

  7. So philosophical, and yes, I’ve had that conversation many a time in theological debates too =P

  8. *restrains self from diving at Kathi, and considers bribing the monkeys to do it…now wait, DRIEV!!!! C’mon, you CAN’T refuse HIM!*

    Anyway, happy to see you, even if it turns out to be more a preview than a regular event. And good excerpt – love me a little good/evil dualism! =)

    • Oh, I would never refuse Driev! In fact, he’s been on my plate quite a bit recently. I may or may not have an update on him soon. Just so people don’t think I’ve forgotten the poor boy.

      I’m hoping to make this a regular event again. I feel terrible when I’m away. So neglectful of my minions.

      • A big helping of Driev on your plate – I’m a little jealous – except I *do* have Trip (well, T’Pol does!), so there’s that.

        I would love an update on my favorite sensitive bad guy who isn’t as bad as he wants us to think he is…and I know you’d never forget him – I mean, how could you?!

        *giggles that Kathi thinks we’re her minions….when it’s the flying monkeys we really serve!*

  9. Always loved the good-evil debate as well. If you’ve ever watched Babylon 5, JMS gave a good televised rendition of this exact discussion, out of the mouth of a character that we’ve been ‘led’ to believe is “EEEVILLLLL” for several episodes. The episode, if you ever get the time to watch it, is Mind War.

    Until next time or brave and valiant one, She Who Guides Soaring Simians.

    • I think I watched one or two episodes of Babylon 5 many eons ago. I honestly don’t remember any of it, but maybe I’ll have to look up that episode at some point.

      She Who Guides Soaring Simians. *snork* Love it. But now the monkeys have all sorts of grandiose ideas because of the fancy title.

  10. *waves from outside the Personal Space Circle* (Yep, I hear you—people can back right off. LOL!)

    Love the philosophical discussion. It resonates so strongly with me. There’s a lot spoken in that last word: “Truly?”

    • *waves back* Yep, there are folks who are allowed to put the hugs to me, but I get all sorts of twitchy when people just take that for granted.

      Yes, that last question… certainly makes Ciara think about what she’s done in the recent past and how that weighs in the tally.

  11. This is me totally not hugging you. I am not hugging you all the way from over here. 😀 Very nice to see you, even if for a brief visit. Love the snippet, as usual. I like the good/evil bit, the quandary of many a hero, but it’s the question at the end that really hammers it in and makes it poignant. Great last line.

    • Thanks, Abigail. I’m not hugging you back. 😉 Although, most of the WIPpeteers would likely be on the Hug Acceptance chart, if for nothing more than a quick squeeze.

  12. I understand the no hugging thing. Totally. Certain people, sure, go ahead. But most people can keep their happy, chirpy distance, thank you very much.

    I wonder if he has thought about this all the way through. Even if she did become a really bad girl (even if just for a few chapters) she could still hate his guts and pull out all the stops and kick his hindquarters into the afterlife. Of course, that’s just my little jump into the realm of What-Ifs.

    • “most people can keep their happy, chirpy distance, thank you very much” *snork* I think that needs to go on a t-shirt. I love it.

      I like your jump into the real of What-Ifs. Yes, if I were Donovan, I would watch my backside carefully. He’s on very shaky ground this time around.

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